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Museum celebrates 150 year anniversary of surprise attack

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Lt. Cmdr. William Barker Cushing is known for his efforts to halt blockade runners from entering the Wilmington area with supplies for the Confederate Army. Lt. Cmdr. William Barker Cushing is known for his efforts to halt blockade runners from entering the Wilmington area with supplies for the Confederate Army.
The Cushing exhibit will remain on display for the public to view Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is always free. The Cushing exhibit will remain on display for the public to view Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is always free.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – Friday marks the 150 year anniversary of a significant day in Civil War history to the Cape Fear Region.

Lt. Cmdr. William Barker Cushing is known for his efforts to halt blockade runners from entering the Wilmington area with supplies for the Confederate Army.

On February 29, 1864, he launched a surprise attack on the Cape Fear River with the intention of kidnapping Fort Johnston's commanding General Louis Hebert.

The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport commemorated the 150th anniversary of the event on Friday with the unveiling of their newest exhibit which shows pictures and historical documents with an interactive element for visitors.

 "We are commemorating the memory of the Union sailors, the Confederate sailors, and what the importance was of Smithville (present day Southport) at that time," said Lori Sanderlin, the Curator of Education for the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. "Everyone is involved in this in one way or another."

The Cushing exhibit will remain on display for the public to view Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is always free.

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